The PGA Championship is set for Aug. 10-13 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. As such, it's time to start picking your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best PGA Championship 2017 lineup looks like:
Jordan Spieth ($12,000)
Spieth has the small matter of a youngest-ever career Grand Slam on the line. He’s not playing the best golf in the world at the moment — that would be Hideki Matsuyama, who put on a clinic at Firestone — but he’s the most determined and resilient player of his era. That goes a long way, even when he doesn’t have his best stuff. And with two wins, a second and two more top 13s in his last six tournaments, his best stuff is close at hand.
Rory McIlroy ($11,800)
The other half of my two-man draft is the betting favorite and is coming off top 5s at the British and the Bridgestone. Spieth calls Rory the man to beat this week after apparently glancing at McIlroy’s Quail Hollow numbers, which are insane. Rory’s won the Wells Fargo twice and is the event’s all-time earnings leader, holding both the course record (61) and the tournament record (267). Ride this horse for the course like you’re Bill Shoemaker and he’s Spectacular Bid.
Webb Simpson ($6,800)
The 2012 U.S. Open champion feels like a sneaky play this week. That win remains his only career top 10 in a major, but he did post a T13 at last year’s PGA. He’s also a Quail Hollow resident with an intimate familiarity with this week’s venue. That, and the experience of already closing out a major, could prove pretty valuable this week.
Nicolas Colsaerts ($6,500)
With a front-loaded, top-heavy lineup, you’ve got to go bargain hunting, and I happened across Colsaerts in the discount bin. A Ryder Cup veteran who’s knocking on the door of the World Top 100, Colsaerts had a T3 at the BMW PGA Championship in May. That’s close enough, right? It is for our purposes.
Jhonattan Vegas ($6,500)
Vegas is worth a gamble this week after a charmed fortnight that yielded a win in Canada and a T17 at the Bridgestone, results that have vaulted him back into the world top 50. His record at majors is forgettable (to be kind), but he did have a T22 at Baltusrol last year.
Charles Howell III ($6,400)
Six top 15s in 2017, including a pair of runner-ups, make CH3 a solid value. Don’t expect a win (or even a top 10), but he’s 13-for-14 in made cuts in 2017.